Overview: Sub-Saharan Africa
focuses on the geographical issues of Sub-Saharan Africa, with
case studies on the impact of apartheid on present-day South Africa
as well as on disease diffusion in Kenya. Classroom segments show
educators using role-playing activities to teach students about
land allocation in South Africa and the impact of the AIDS epidemic
in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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South Africa: This Land is My Land
program considers present-day issues in South Africa resulting
from the redressing of land inequities under apartheid.
In the case study, we follow a geographer investigating
the redistribution of land and the disparity in land productivity
of black and white farmers. During the classroom segment,
students come to understand land allocation in South Africa
through a role-playing activity.
how cooperation and conflict influence the development and
control of social, political, and economic entities.
the geographic impacts of policy decisions related to the
use of resources.
how role-playing activities help students analyze the relationship
between the spatial distribution of settlement and resources.
2. Kenya: Understanding Sickness
program examines disease in Sub-Saharan Africa and how geography
can play a role in developing strategies to reduce loss
of life. Our case study takes us to Kenya, where tropical
diseases like malaria and river blindness have always been
a high risk. But today, AIDS threatens to take an even greater
toll on the population. Following the case study is commentary
by Gil Latz and Susan Hardwick, and then a visit to the
classroom of Shirley Hutchins. There, her students develop
an understanding of AIDS in Kenya through multiple methods
how understanding population movement can contribute to disease
contemporary issues in the context of spatial and environmental
strategies for helping students develop plans to solve local
and regional problems that have spatial dimensions.